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Take a break from school with an adventure: South Florida's one-day camps

Jennifer Jhon
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Looking for something to do with the kids on Wednesday, Sept. 19, when many schools are closed?

A number of museums and zoos in South Florida offer one-day camps to keep kids entertained when their parents cannot share their days off, offering everything from arts programs to cooking, science and animal care.

Most one-day camps require pre-registration, and many offer before- and after-care to accommodate the needs of working parents.

A few of the coolest one-day camps in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are listed below:

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Camp Discovery

Museum of Discovery and Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale

Mods.org

Camp Discovery, for ages 6-12, gives campers days filled with exploration and hands-on learning. Camp hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with before- and after-care available. Camp fees include all workshop materials and chaperoned exhibit exploration. Call 954-713-0930 or e-mail sales@mods.net to register. $55 per day.

Young at Art One-Day Camps

Young at Art Museum, 751 SW 121st Ave., Davie

youngatartmuseum.org

On no school days and holidays, take advantage of YAA’s daily themes, art activities and museum exploration for ages 3-12. Call 954-424-5031 or visit youngatartmuseum.org/camps.php to register. $60 per day. $15 for extended before and after-care. $8 per day lunch and snacks. Sept. 19 is Pirate Day.

Arts and Crafts Mini Camp

C By Me, 4624 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 203, Hollywood

CbyMe.com

During C By Me Arts & Crafts Camp, kids have fun while getting creative, doing art projects and playing games. Kosher afternoon snack is included. Lunch, kosher lunch and snacks can be purchased. Space is limited. Call 954-926-3636 or email info@cbyme.com to reserve a spot. Half-days $38, school hours $55, full days $65. In September, camps offered Sept. 7, 11, 18, 24-28.

School Break Camps

South Florida Science Center and Aquarium, 4801 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach

sfsciencecenter.org/camps

The Science Center offers year-round excitement and learning for young scientists ages 4-14 with camps every month on select no-school days for $50 per day. Camp runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended care (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) for an added $10 per day. Call 561-832-2026 or visit sfsciencecenter.org/camps to register. On Sept. 19, ages 4-12 can become master builders with skill, creativity and lots of Legos, working with Master Builders as they construct their way through the foundations of engineering and design.

One-Day Workshops

Sugar Sand Park Community Center, 300 S. Military Trail, Boca Raton

SugarSandPark.org

Sugar Sand Park offers two programs for kids on no-school days. Fun & Fitness for ages 5-11 runs 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for $65-$81.25. KidzArt PBC for ages 5-12 is 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $55-$68.75. Call 561-347-3900 to register.

Mini-Camps at the Frost

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

frostscience.org

On days off school, kids in grades K-5 can spend the day exploring the museum’s interactive exhibitions, conducting science experiments and making new friends in the beautiful bayside setting of Museum Park. Camp is $50 per day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Before-care from 7:30 a.m. is $5; after-care until 6 p.m. is $5. Two snacks are included each day, and lunch can be purchased for $8. Call 305-434-9564 or email camp@frostscience.org to register. Sept. 19 is Kitchen Chemists, where kids get to eat their experiments. Explore how science is essential in the kitchen with investigations that will stimulate your senses, especially your taste buds.

Mini Camp at Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami, 12400 SW 152 St., Miami

zoomiami.org

During Teacher Planning Days, the zoo’s one-day camps for ages 4-12 are both fun and educational. Camp is 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for $50. Morning and afternoon snacks provided. Campers can bring lunch or purchase one. Call 305-255-5551 or email education@zoomiami.org to register. Sept. 19 is Sensational Senses, when campers will learn how many senses animals have.

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